Motorcycle courier scams grow during pandemic in Brazil

Court cases tend to order banks to make refunds to victims, because although the banks may also have been deceived, the crimes are enabled by the leak of personal data held by the bank.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With the elderly as main targets, the so-called motorcycle courier scam, which consists in sending a purported bank employee to pick up the victims' cards for verification, has been growing in different regions of Brazil - as part of the increase in crimes involving social distancing during the pandemic.

This month, gang members specialized in the scam have been arrested in São Paulo and in the Federal District. Their sophistication is such that criminals even use software to simulate bank standby music and call center sound, in addition to retaining the victims' phone lines.

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